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October 8, 2018

While fine arts students need to be equipped to handle the academics of any college that accepts them, getting into many fine arts programs will turn on your talent as evidenced in a portfolio or by an audition. If you want to be an art, dance, music, theater, or film major, be prepared for the extra work involved in applying. 

For those students who will need to audition, find out whether you must go in person or if some or...

October 8, 2018

Among the most important aspects of a college application are the essays.  Most applications require them and they are often a student's only means of standing out to a college admissions officer from a crowd of hundreds or thousands of other candidates.

As many California students submit both the University of California (UC) application and the Common App, it is important to understand the differences in what each is asking...

October 8, 2018

Many colleges ask students to include letters of recommendations in their application packages. Often, though not always, they request two from teachers and one from a counselor.  Recommendations are important because they can help admissions officers get a deeper understanding of a student and his character. Here are our tips for getting awesome letters of rec:

  • Give recommenders as much lead time as possible.  Remember tha...

October 8, 2018

There's a lot of confusion about what colleges are "looking for" in terms of a prospective student's outside-of-class activities.  In order to be competitive, must a student be a world-class pianist, a star athlete, and the founder of a non-profit that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for Haitian orphans?  No.  But schools are looking for students who have interests that they pursue with passion and commitment. Those in...

October 8, 2018

State schools can get a bad rap.  In California, the larger of our two state university systems (in fact, the largest public university system in the country) and the one that, by design, is most accessible—the California State University—lacks, um, panache.  Students, who often put a lot of stock in national, brand name schools, are sometimes concerned about the future opportunities of a graduate from a lesser-known universit...

October 8, 2018

What does it mean to apply early to college? When do you need to submit your application and when will you receive a decision?  What are the advantages and disadvantages? 

Hundreds of colleges offer students a choice of applying to their schools either at the regular deadline or early.  Such programs have non-intutitive names, and since it's easy to get lost in a sea of abbreviations, let's define terms:

  • Early Action...

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